With the World's People; An Account of the Ethnic Origin, Primitive Estate, Early Migrations, Social Evolution, and Present Conditions and Promise of the Principal Families of Men; Together with a Preliminary Inquiry on the Volume 9
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ... of the government. In this manner also the priests are registered as a distinct class of society. Their yellow insignia distinguish them from persons of all other ranks. The yellow has become a sacred color, and the peculiar dress of the priests may not be worn by others without sacrilege. Below the higher orders of society--the rich, the hierarch, the soldier--are the laboring: classes. In no Theory of the royal ownership other country of the world does the theory of the state ownership of labor hold so strongly as in Burmah. There is no free labor properly so called. The king, without positively owning his subjects, may, according to the constitution and usage, summon them at any time and for any purpose to his service. He has certain property rights in all the men and women of the kingdom. The Burmese administration does not admit the right of any one to expatriate himself from the country, seven grades of Men may go abroad only by % % special act and permission dhism. of the sovereign; women not at all. This is true of those who pass for freemen. The Manu code, and after it the Dhammasat constitution, recognize seven kinds of slaves, beginning with prisoners of war and graded downward through outcasts, undertakers, jailers, executioners, lepers, and prostitutes. The social condition of all this wretched mass of humanity is dreadful. The sight of it is to European sense and sentiment sufficiently appalling to turn back the beholder, with something akin to admiration, to the vicious classes, unfortunates, and outcasts of the Western nations. The religion of the Burmese is Buddhism. The doctrine and institutions of that great faith, including as it does about forty per cent of the whole human family, are presented in...
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